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Athenian Agora

Located in the heart of modern Athens and attracting more than half a million  international visitors annually, the Agora was in ancient times the business, political, and legal center of Athens, bringing together citizens and foreigners, litigants and jurors, and merchants and philosophers. The School has been excavating at the Agora since 1931, and has brought to light a rich and splendid history of continuous habitation that extends over more than 5,000 years. The major public buildings of ancient Athens are now displayed in a thoughtfully landscaped archaeological park with all of the excavated artifacts and excavation records housed in the restored Stoa of Attalos. These finds have significantly expanded our knowledge of ancient Athenian life and culture, notably the origins and practice of democracy. Each summer, the Agora trains more than 60 students from American colleges and universities in modern archaeological techniques.

John Camp: A Life at the Athenian Agora

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July 20, 2023

Alison Frantz Honored in Loring Hall

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce that a room on the first floor of Loring Hall, has been dedicated to Alison Frantz.

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July 14, 2023

Hesperia 92.2 Now Online!

Hesperia 92.2 is now available online! Topics in this issue include an overview of the commemorative portraiture program in the Athenian Agora from the time of Kleisthenes through Augustus, Classical and Hellenistic curse tablets from the Athenian Agora, and the latest report from the Corinth Excavations.

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June 7, 2023

A lifetime dedication to Greece and the Agora

Eugene (Gene) Vanderpool was a distinguished archaeologist whose lifelong dedication to Greece and the Agora is widely recognized.

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